Raffia fiber comes from the unopened leaf sheath of the buri palm (coryptha elata robx.) The fiber extraction process is painstakingly done by expert raw material processors using only their hands from extraction to knotting processes.
2. Can you possibly give the right color the buyer requires?
Though raffia is an indigenous material its characteristics is different from cotton like its absorptive capacity to dye materials. There are 2 kinds of fibers that can be taken from the buri palm and in the fiber extraction process which is usually done in the countryside, we cannot be assured that the raw material processors will segregate the materials. Therefore, in most cases than not, both fibers are mixed and will not be getting the right color as specified for the other is starchy and will not absorb the dye as much as the other fiber. We hope buyers can tolerate at most 4 color shades on their orders.
We have the capability of producing vegetable and plant dye materials. However, we are very limited in volume considering the process we will get into in the production of the vegetable/plant based dye materials. We do consider this as an artisanal material therefore the price will be higher compared to products done with commercial dyes.
For trial orders our minimum volume required is 3 meters for rolls and 1 dozen for placemats.
Most of the rolls, table runners and placemats are sold in wholesale. Please get to us for pricing delivery schedules – http://tubigonraffia.com/contact-us/